Latest Dog Posts
- Move for Peace – September ChallengeI’ve been a supporter of the non-profit organization Preemptive Love Coalition for a number of years. I appreciate the work they do with refugees in Syria and Iraq. I valued the work they were a part of repairing hearts of children in these war torn countries. I also feel that the approaches we (the collective […]
- Tilda – Health Update – Canine Primary Parathyroid HyperplasiaIf you want to read the first half of Tilda’s story, her diagnosis with primary hyperparathyroidism, you can read those details about our initial reasons to go to the doctor and how we got diagnosed. Read Part 1 Well, our surgery date with Dr. Degner at the Animal Surgical Center of Michigan was on 6/29/2021. […]
- Tilda Update – Health IssuesI’ve been away from blogging about birds for a couple of weeks. I have still been maintaining the feeders. We’ve been working on a wildflower garden and a toad garden. We have a lot of exciting things happening in the yard gardening and landscaping wise. But mostly I’ve stalled out in my blogging because we’ve […]
- Red Winged Blackbird washes a peanut!Check this out! This Red Winged Blackbird brings a peanut to the bird bath and appears to wash it. It looks like it had one of those skins on it and he wanted to remove it! Never saw this before.
- Feature Friday – Rose Breasted GrosbeakI’ve been a bit remiss about these Friday Features. We are still dealing with Tilda’s illness and we’ve been working on lots of outdoor landscaping projects in our free time. I want to get back at it though! So, without further ado, here’s our featured species for this week, the Rose Breasted Grosbeak. These birds […]
- Using GoPro Hero 9 Black as a Feeder CamAbout a month ago, I picked up a new GoPro Hero 9. I wanted to try it out as a feeder cam and see how it compared to BirdPhotoBooth 2.0. I thought I’d do a quick synopsis of the good and the bad and a comparison between the two. I should mention that I’m brand […]
The Toads of our Yard
- A Couple of Toads holed up togetherWell, after the rain happened and there was a little toad party out in the yard, the next morning we found these 2 cuddlebugs. We covered them with a leaf after we took the picture.
- Evening toad huntMSU is having science fest this month and encouraging citizen science to count our populations of wildlife. It was warm & sunny today and this evening was a good rain. We heard a lot of spring peepers. We saw 5 toads and one tree frog and 2 nightcrawlers. No photos of the nightcrawlers or one […]
- Toad PicsWhat’s summertime with some toad pics? And, a squirrel raiding the feeder.
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Meet Our Pets
Female Coonhound Mix
Adopted Date: 3/29/2017
We rescued Tilda as she is affectionately known in March of 2017. She was estimated to be a year old at the time. The beginning of her life was tied to a stake in Georgia until moving from shelter to shelter. She’s now got some titles, RATI and RATN and has become a confident, well behaved companion dog.
Male Basset Hound
Adopted Date: 1/08/2019
Birth Date: 7/11/2011
We initially fostered Duke through Basset Hound Rescue of Michigan in January of 2019. After a couple of weeks though, we knew he was our forever hound. He was surrendered by his owner. He & Tilda have gotten along well and he fits right in here. He loves squeaky toys, playing fetch and catching treats.
Rescued Date: June 2013
The cat doesn’t exactly have a name. We call her “Cat” or “Kitty”. At the vet she is known as June, that’s the month she showed up. She just appeared here one day in 2013 and I fed her a can of tuna and then she became my cat. That’s sort of how cats work. She’s a dog trainer. She’s trained all my hounds to get along with a cat.
Remembering our hounds who are waiting for us at the rainbow bridge. Click their names to read all posts about them.
Our first basset hound, our weasel dog. Our first dog together, Steve’s first dog ever. Quincy was the life of this house and yard. She made us feel like a family. She made our house feel like a home. Cancer took her from us far too young. We miss her.
Lovingly known as Mr. Chip, this goofy hound was meant to be ours. He suffered his first seizure at 6 months old. battled seizure disorder and later Cushing’s disease. He loved food, treats, and us. He knew he needed us and we needed him. He was a good boy.